Reduce the Number of People Engaged in Substance Use.
Full-spectrum prevention’s goal is to reduce the number of people engaging in substance use. We plan to accomplish this through the following objectives:
- Advance prevention through applied research, based in evidence-based practice.
- Safeguard the role of prevention of substance use.
- Strengthen community resilience.
- Provide innovative prevention strategies.
- Promote prevention excellence by highlighting local examples that are working exceptionally well.
The substance use disorder landscape is in need of immediate intervention.
Statistics show that:
- There is a savings of $18 for every dollar invested in evidence-based prevention strategies. Cost savings come from reduced medical costs, increased productivity at work and school, reduced crime and better quality of life. (US Surgeon General’s 2016 Report on Alcohol, Drugs, & Health)
- If effective school-based substance abuse prevention programs were implemented nationwide, substance abuse initiation would decline for 1.5 million youth. (National Criminal Justice Reference Center)
- The average cost of a school based substance abuse preventive program to a single student: $9-$27. The cost to a community for youth who engage in non-medical prescription opioid use: approximately $8,966 per year. (Duke University, 2014)
Vaping use rates for high school students surged in the past year- marking the largest single year increase in the use of a substance ever observed. The percentage of high school seniors who reported current vaping increased from 11% in 2017 to 21% this year. This means at least 1.3 million additional students in grades 9-12 are vaping between 2017 and 2018. (Monitoring the Future 2018).
The use of vaping devices for marijuana is increasing at an alarming rate. In each grade, between 9th – 12th grades, current vaping marijuana rates rose by more than half from 2017-2018. (Monitoring the Future).
*In the near future, we will be launching a Prevention & Recovery program to accomplish these objectives. This program will provide a community framework for joining prevention and recovery in communities to develop and implement effective local initiatives that create community supports that reduce risk factors and increase protective factors- for both initiation of substance use and return to use. More updates will be posted shortly.
If our nation is going to reverse the opioid epidemic, we need to start treating it like the national emergency it really is.